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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As a muddled adventure story, aside from platitudes espousing heroism, there isn't much in the way of positive messages here.
Positive Role Models
None of the characters stand out from one another enough to emerge as positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent fantasy-style violence, as characters battle with lasers, swords, and flames.
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Products & Purchases
The characters are based on the Bionicle line of toys manufactured and marketed by LEGO.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bionicle 2: Legends of Metru Nui is a 2004 computer-animated movie whose characters are based on a series of toys manufactured and marketed by the LEGO toy company, making this basically one long commercial. While kids and adults who enjoy these toys might appreciate what's happening in this movie, for those who don't know all that much about the Bionicle toys will find this movie to be needlessly and frustratingly complicated. Aside from the commercialism, there is also frequent fantasy-style violence as characters do battle with swords, lasers, and fire. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the animation is very good, the storyline to BIONICLE 2: LEGENDS OF METRA NUI is very difficult to follow. And probably even more difficult if you have zero interest in the line of LEGO toys upon which this movie is based. Like the first Bionicle movie, characters are always using cliched fantasy lines like "Seize them!" and "It is your destiny to fulfill." It isn't easy trying to understand what's at stake for these characters, especially as none of them really stand out from one another, aside from some are "good" and others are "evil."
This film has the potential to be enjoyable for kids and adults who enjoy or have enjoyed Bionicle LEGO toys and seek overly detailed fantasy stories. For everyone else, though, it's not easy to understand what exactly is happening, and why. The storyline is overwritten, overly complex, and ultimately frustrating as you try and make sense of the movie.
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